How to save $8,919.45 a year

In tough times, consumers are looking to stretch their dollars further. Here are six simple ways to save thousands.

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Strategic shopping
Strategic shopping
Potential annual savings: $5,200

Stephanie Nelson, founder of couponmom.com, a site that tracks deals at your local grocery store, says that shoppers can save an average of $50 to $100 a week on their groceries if they spend about 30 minutes once a week planning out their supermarket trip.

Not only are there plenty of savings to be found in newspaper circulars and on online coupon sharing sites like coupons.com, but grocery stores like Safeway and Pathmark often have coupons on their sites. There are also coupons available direct from manufacturers. For example, SC Johnson offers printable coupons on its Web site for $2 off Windex and other popular household products. "People can save 50% on their grocery bill by using the store's sales, putting coupons on top of that and going to the Web for additional online coupons," Nelson said.
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Last updated October 20 2008: 2:10 PM ET
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